Demos for games are a rarity these days. It used to be that demos for games would sometimes come included with completely different games all the time. Nowadays, you’ll usually only see game demos at stores like GameStop or BestBuy that can only be played there. In the article, I’m going to talk about 3 different demos that I played and the different effects they had on me. These are the kinds of game demos that you used to see a lot, but are now more of an exception rather than a rule. The 3 in question are the Final Fantasy XV Platinum demo, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite story demo, and Danganronpa V3 demo, all of which I downloaded and played on my PS4. While the FFXV demo was over a year ago now and the MvCi and DRV3 demos were just in the past few months, the effects each has had on me are still very much clear, as I’ll try to point out. All of which will be used to point out why we maybe don’t see demos as much these days.
In the last week or so on FGC Twitter, particularly in the Street Fighter sub-community, there’s been a lot of talk about what kind of character you should pick if you’re a competitive player, especially if you’re at the highest level. Should you only pick top tier?Should you stick with what you’re comfortable with? Should you have counter picks ready? Etc. There’s been a lot of varying opinions, even among those who have the same basic ideas, but I don’t think it’s something that can be simply broken down into 140 characters per post, even on a thread of multiple tweets.
Keep in mind, I myself am NOT a competitive player. I’ve wanted to be, but just don’t have the time or motivation right now to even attempt to legitimately be one. But also keep in mind that I’m not going to be giving a definitive answer on it either. I’m going to try and look at as many aspects of this topic as possible. But, as always, take my opinions, on this especially, with a grain of salt.
For this second entry, I’ll go with something that’s a bit less known, but still pretty weird. This is also something I like to bring up ever since I read it. According to DC Comics, (space) Gremlins speak German.
This is from Geoff Johns’s pre-New 52 run on Green Lantern, the one the brought back Hal Jordan as the main Lantern in 2006 after Rebirth. Specifically this is from issues #4-6 of vol.1 of Green Lantern. This is considered one of the overall best runs of Green Lantern, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from wacky stuff like this.
I love comics and superheroes. As convoluted as they can be with their lore and consistency, they’re great. But, as can be expected when dealing with aliens, radiation, and normal humans dressed in eccentric costumes who can supposedly beat gods, there’s some…weird stuff to say in the least. Some of it good, some of it bad, some it having no real affect on anything in particular but is just weird anyways.
I’ll randomly being sharing some of these wacky moments either from memory or recent experience. Today, I start with a rather infamous one and one I constantly bring up whenever the idea of “weirdness” in comics is brought up: Spider-Man once gave birth to himself.
Yeah, I don’t get it either. This occurred in the Changes storyline, which comes from Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 2) #17-20 in 2004, with the “climax” of this coming in issue #20.
To briefly explain it, there was an enemy called the Queen that had captured Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. She kisses him which basically starts to make Peter sick and transform him. This ends up turning him into a full-on giant spider. The transformation also somehow makes him pregnant(?). The Queen sees him like this and he eventually goes into a seizure (remember, as a giant spider) and dies. The Queen leaves.
She left at just the wrong time to see the “miracle” that came next. Turns out, giant spider Peter was pregnant with another human version of himself, basically the same as he was before, so he still had all his Spider-Man powers and memories and everything, with just a couple add-ons. Now, he has organic webshooters and can talk to bugs now for some reason, which, by the way, hasn’t ever been brought up since then. So basically, Spider-Man turns into an actual spider, dies, and gives birth to himself.
Did that make everything clear? Probably not, but that wasn’t my intention. I’m just the messenger. The whole reason for doing this was basically to give Spider-Man organic webshooters in the comics, just like the Sam Raimi Spider-Man (2002) movie did. Because for whatever reason they both have to be the same and they can’t just exist on their own. Their reason for doing it like this and also randomly throwing in the ability to talk to bugs is beyond me.
So there’s some of the wackiness of comic books for you. I’ll probably think of plenty more to come.